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Summary

  1. Government to announce sepsis awareness funding
  2. Hospitals in Devon could pilot a new role aimed at easing a national shortage of nurses
  3. A controversial proposal for a cross-Tamar 'Devonwall' parliamentary seat is back on the agenda
  4. Police recover run-over owl from road
  5. Updates on Tuesday 13 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Latest weather: Some scattered showers overnight

    It will be another mild night. Some scattered showers may break out in places, particularly in the west towards Bideford, and the odd mist or fog patch may form. Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be very warm again. It will be cloudier in the west, with perhaps the odd light shower at first, but it'll be much sunnier further east into the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 25C (77F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • The leader of Cornwall Council and other groups condemn plans to create a new constituency across Devon and Cornwall in planned parliamentary boundary changes
    • St Ives and Hayle are to get a new bobby on the beat after a campaign by locals, but a popular sergeant is still to be transferred to a custody suite role
    • Truro's City of Lights parade is to go ahead this year in November after a U-turn by orgnaisers to hold a static display in a park
    • Obscene graffiti on one of Exeter Cathedral's historic Norman towers is successfully removed
    • Police in Kingsbridge rescue a tawny owl after it was found run over on a road
  4. Plymouth Argyle centre-back Karleigh Osborne 'nearing full fitness'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Karleigh Osborne

    Plymouth Argyle central defender Karleigh Osborne is getting close to full fitness, according to Pilgrims manager Derek Adams.

    The 28-year-old moved to the club in the summer, but has yet to play after suffering a thigh injury in pre-season. It came after he missed the second half of last season with a knee injury while on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

    "Osborne has been playing a number of games in the reserves and is coming along well," Adams said. "He's still a wee bit short game-wise, he's played three games, he's probably got another four or five to play before he can be considered to be in the squad. But he's coming along well and he's had no recurrence of the injury."

  5. Couple help themselves to free drinks after getting locked in restaurant toilet

    Exeter Express & Echo

    A couple poured themselves drinks after getting locked in Exeter's Harvester restaurant, a court heard.

  6. Council and Down’s Syndrome support group launch new school book

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    Mums of children with Down's Syndrome have produced the book to promote inclusion of their youngsters in schools. 

    Cornwall Council has agreed the book should be given to all 30,000 children expected to start primary school over the next four years.

  7. Run-over owl 'hopefully going to be OK'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Staff at a vets who have been looking after an injured owl say they are hopeful the bird will recover.

    Police in Kingsbridge found the bird in the middle of the road in the Malborough area, in the early hours of this morning, after it was run over, they said on Facebook.

    Owl. Pic: Kingsbridge Police/Facebook

    Bryony Wood, a trainee vet nurse at South Moor Vets, said the bird was "very, very scared and nervous" when it was brought in, but there was "no blood or anything, which was good".

    She added: "Hopefully it's going to be OK and make a good recovery."

  8. Boundary review 'ignores political impact'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

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    Video caption: "We don't take into account the political ramification," says Boundary Commission

    The political ramifications of constituency boundary changes play no part in the decision, says the secretary of the Boundary Commission for England. 

    The government is pushing ahead with parliamentary boundary changes to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 to ensure constituencies have equal population numbers.

    They include a constituency which will include a so-called "Devonwall" seat, which would encompass Bideford, Bude and Launceston. The government said the changes "ensure an equal say for each voter", but campaigners in Devon and Cornwall - particularly Cornwall - said they would fight to keep seats that just represented their counties.

    Boundary Commission Secretary Sam Hartley told the Today programme the commission was entirely independent of both Parliament and government.

  9. Exeter flood defence scheme also protecting London rail link

    Leigh Rundle

    BBC Spotlight

    A £32m flood defence scheme designed to protect Exeter includes measures to protect the South West's main rail link to London.

    Exeter railway damage

    Tracks were closed at Cowley Bridge as a result of damage caused in 2012 (pictured), cutting off rail services through Devon and Cornwall.

    Now a huge flood bank, yards from the site, is almost finished as part of the scheme. About 33,000 tonnes of earth has been used to build the structure, which measures 377m in length and 3m in height. The entire scheme is due to be completed in 2018.

  10. City of Lights to 'take place as usual'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The organisation behind Truro's City of Lights Parade has done a U-turn on plans to hold the event over three days in a park instead of the usual one-night parade through the city centre.

    City of Lights

    Organisers said in August they were abandoning having a procession over security and congestion concerns. Over the years, up to 30,000 people have turned up to watch the street parade.

    The Community Interest Company which runs the event said it was to "take place as usual", with a procession on 23 November, after receiving "emergency financial support from Truro City Council and Totally Truro BID [Business Improvement District]".

    It added in its announcement on Facebook that the decision to host the event in Victoria Gardens "was met with a mixed reaction; some positive and excited by the prospect of something new. Others sad that things are changing. Others have been beyond negative."

  11. Dedicated St Ives and Hayle police sergeant 'not appropriate'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Maintaining a dedicated police sergeant post for the St Ives and Hayle area is not appropriate, a senior officer says.

    Supt Mark Bolt's comments come after Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez confirmed she was to fund an extra police constable post, but that popular beat sergeant Sgt Mike Friday was still to move to a custody post in Camborne.

    St Ives and policeman

    Locals said Sgt Friday was "integral" to their community, and thousands of people signed a petition to stop his move elsewhere.

    Supt Mark Bolt said: "We have listened to the concerns of local residents. Whilst we do not feel that maintaining a dedicated sergeant post for St Ives and Hayle is appropriate, we have reflected that policing should be boosted by an additional dedicated constable."

  12. Down's Syndrome book for every new primary school pupil in Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

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    Video caption: Down's Syndrome book to be given to every new primary school pupil in Cornwall

    A group of mums whose children have Down's Syndrome have produced a book to promote inclusion of their youngsters in schools.

    Every four-year-old in Cornwall entering school in the next four years is to get a copy of the book, which talks about the condition.

    Cornwall Council has agreed the book should be given to all 30,000 children expected to start school during that time. Copies will also be sent out to childminders, pre-schools and nurseries. Those behind it said they hoped to get other areas of the country to adopt the idea.

  13. Exeter flood bank nears completion

    Leigh Rundle

    BBC Spotlight

    A huge flood bank made of earth, yards from the site of devastating floods in Exeter in 2012, is almost finished as part of a £32m defence scheme designed to protect the city.

    Flood defences

    Measuring 377m in length and 3m in height, the bank is designed to channel floodwater away from train tracks which provide the main rail link from the South West to London.

    Those behind it also say it will protect more than 3,000 homes and businesses.

  14. Devonwall: Cross-county MP seat a 'travesty'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plans for a parliamentary seat to cover part of Devon and Cornwall is a "travesty of history, democracy and Cornwall's very nationhood," Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow says.

    People with St Piran's flags

    The proposed parliamentary boundary changes would cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 to ensure constituencies have equal population numbers. They include a seat covering Bideford, Bude and Launceston, which the government says "ensure an equal say for each voter".   

    Mebyon Kernow Leader Dick Cole pointed out the Cornish had the same status "as the UK's other Celtic people". He said that "the territories of other national minorities within the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are not breached and it is therefore illogical that the same safeguards should not be applied to Cornwall".

  15. Bodmin roadworks: What do you think?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Major changes to Bodmin town centre have started involving the closure of Church Square, one of the busiest travel routes in the area. The closures are for road improvements lasting nine months.

    Demonstrations have been held by local traders against the road closure. Cornwall Council said it hoped its plans to make Bodmin a so-called "cycle town", making it more friendly to bike users, would regenerate the area.

    What do you think of the plans and road closures? Email us your views.

  16. Suspected car arson attack just yards from Newquay's fire station

    West Briton

    Firefighters were called into action at around 4am this morning after seeing a car engulfed in flames on Tregunnel Hill, just yards away from Newquay community fire station.

  17. Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening!

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    Thunder, lightning and heavy rain has also been reported in Porthleven and Falmouth.

    Have you got any stormy weather pictures you'd like to share? If so, then please email us